A senior Russian foreign intelligence official has sent to prison, a respected Russian expert said, after President Vladimir Putin launched a purge of officials blamed for failings in the faltering invasion of Ukraine.
Andrei Soldatov, an leading expert on Russia’s security services, tweeted Friday that Sergei Beseda, head of the Fifth Service of the FSB intelligence agency, had been taken to Lefortovo prison.
Lefortovo is a notorious FSB jail on the outskirts of Moscow.
Beseda along with his deputy had been placed under house arrest in March, Soldatov had previously said, as officials from investigated whether moles had buried into Russia’s spy agencies and leaked intelligence on Russia’s invasion and the planning behind it.
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